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Jan 7, 2016 6:03 PM

Lee police chief: Huge drug spike in 2015 fueled increase in town's other crimes


LEE - According to numbers compiled by the Lee Police Department, the number of drug-related calls increased a staggering amount in 2015.

"It fuels some other crimes as far as property crimes, your car break-ins, your house break-ins, it's all fueled by, we believe, the drug crime," said Col. Don Laliberte.

In 2015 arrests went up 5 percent, motor vehicle stops went up 27 percent and 911 calls spiked 20 percent.

Laliberte said Lee had less than 5 overdoses in 2015, and while that number is lower then many other towns and cities in the state, he believes the drug related calls are because Lee is a through town for drug traffic.

"Drugs have to travel somewhere,' Laliberte said, 'Up the main roadways, 125 and Route 4, those are the places where the drugs are going to be trafficked through to get to the bigger cities."

Officers in Lee are trained to use the overdose reversal drug 'Narcan' but as of now they do not carry it.


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